Mar 302012
 

Calico Joe

Calico Joe
Published by Doubleday
Release Date: April 10, 2012

You would think having a dad who is a Major League Baseball pitcher playing for the Mets would be a cool thing for a young man but for young Paul Tracy it is not so cool. His dad is never home and when he is both Paul and his mom wish he wasn’t.

It’s 1973 and this summer all eyes are are on a kid from Calico, Arkansas. He has been brought into the Chicago Cubs organization and is hitting one home run after another. He is shattering rookie records right and left. He is a switch hitter and a heck of a first baseman too. He has played baseball all his life and is thrilled to have made it to the big “show”.

Paul Tracy is even collecting all the press releases and newspaper articles about “Calico Joe” for a special scrapbook. He has made several for the great players like Tom Seaver and Willie Mays. He had started on one for his dad but his dad doesn’t get a lot of press.

Paul is so excited when the Cubs finally get to play the Mets. He is in the stands cheering on both his idol and for his dad. He doesn’t know everyone’s lives are about to be changed in just one split second. Yet when it happens he is really not surprised.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I am so glad John Grisham finally wrote this book. Baseball seems like a natural topic for a Grisham novel. He has hit it out of the park with this story. He takes us out of the courtroom onto the ball diamond with complete ease. Grisham’s love for the game shines! America’s favorite pastime blended with fathers and sons, family and forgiveness. When what happens on the field comes home, up close and personal.

Paul Tracy is real and his story can be heartbreaking and then uplifting. Joe Castle is a class act with strong values that he never sets aside for anything. Warren Tracy is the exact opposite. He is an abusive husband and father, a drunk and a mediocre player who thinks he is better than everyone.

How all their lives collide makes for a superb story. A story I see quickly becoming a classic. A story everyone will love whether you love baseball or not. A definite home run here Mr. Grisham!! It should break all records!!


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Mar 162012
 

The Good Father: A Novel
Doubleday
Release Date: March 20, 2012

Doctor Paul Allen’s specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He is married, with two sons and has a son Daniel from a previous marriage. Things are going well in his life both at home and professionally. He doesn’t see Daniel as much as he would like, but Daniel is an adult, has always been a good kid and a decent student, but he is easily distracted, something inherited from his mother. He recently dropped out of college and it traveling around the states. Paul is worried about him but knows that Daniel will check in with him if he needs anything.

Home relaxing with his family he is shocked when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin. There has to be a mistake, that can’t be Daniel.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
The book chronicles Paul’s journey to find the answers he needs to come to grips with what everyone is convinced his child has done. He researches other well known killers like John Hinkley and Sirhan Sirhan to try to get inside their heads and compare them to his son. Why did they do what they did? Could his son have been brainwashed or had a mental breakdown? He knows he wasn’t the best father but he was a “good father”. What did he do wrong to raise a son like Daniel? Did his son actually assassinate a man running to become President of the United States?

This is a very gripping novel. It uses several real events to ground the story in reality. As a parent you understand the unconditional love that you feel for your children and understand Paul’s need to find the truth. His job is to explain the unexplainable and this drives him throughout the story.

The author really had me with him in most places throughout the story but lost me at a couple of illogical turns. At times the writing felt forced but the subject matter was compelling enough to keep the story moving forward. A little more editing would have made this a great read. It is a very good read that I do recommend.

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